Obituaries: Chris Nigoghossian

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday September 20, 2023
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Chris Nigoghossian
Chris Nigoghossian

July 31, 1987 — June 7, 2023

Chris Nigoghossian, a gay man, left us on June 7, 2023. He was 35. As a youth, Chris' dedication was evident, volunteering to serve the homeless from age 6 on. Industrious, he sold newspapers and worked at Safeway as well as the Outside Lands festival.

Educated at City College of San Francisco, he worked as a certified medical assistant and community health worker. He spent cherished years with Dr. Martin Mass and volunteered selflessly, vaccinating the homeless.

Nature and music were Chris' sanctuaries; from the trails of Pt. Reyes and Yosemite to Lady Gaga concerts in Las Vegas. A diehard San Francisco Giants fan, his collections of pins, T-shirts, and Star Wars memorabilia spoke of his diverse passions.

Chris' culinary delights were treasured at family gatherings. His backyard events and barbecues were legend among friends and extended family.

He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Saner; father, Berdj Nigoghossian; brothers Aaron and Greg; and a close-knit community of friends.

Join us to honor Chris on Saturday, October 14, at 1 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers, consider honoring Chris' memory with a donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation at

For inquiries, contact Marilyn at (415) 265-3809 or [email protected]

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